When our government bans Muslims, goes after immigrants, normalizes violence against people of color, weakens environmental protection; threatens to defund the United Nations, we hear, “That’s not America.” Who are we and who do we dream of becoming? How do UU principles awaken us to American dreams for a future we help create?
Join us as we explore the role of our personal religious authority in our search for what is true and meaningful in our lives. How might our collective religious community encourage and support this ongoing spiritual journey? How do we then embody our values in a world thirsty for justice?
With the separation of church and state, what is the positive role for religion in public life?
What is the role for UU’ism?
As Unitarian Universalists we are called to search for our own truth and meaning. Some of us believe in God, many of us do not–and it’s not simply a yes or no question! Bring your open mind and loving heart as we explore religious naturalism, the idea of God as the web of life, and the wisdom of theologians from Bernard Loomer to Obi-Wan Kenobi.
As the political and social climate shifts away from liberal religious values, liberal faith communities need to hone their message and strengthen their connections.
(Inspired by the 2012 Berry Street Lecture From iChurch to Beloved Community Rev. Fredric J. Muir
She is affiliated with the UU Church of Kent, Ohio.
Followed by at Congregation Discussion @12:15pm
The congregation will have a chance to discuss priorities and values for staffing and supporting the Oberlin RE program to support the Board in it’s work to assess the program, vision for the future, and hire a permanent Director of Religious Education.
Our birthright includes a longing for wholeness: with our deepest wisest self, with one another, and with the Ground of Being. Sometimes that longing feels like a gaping hole within us, and we try to fill it with stuff. Especially in December. Come, turn within, listen to the voice of your own beautiful heart.
Minor Christmas customs of the British Isles give us a hint of how Yule was celebrated in much older days. Join us for a meditative journey to an earlier day, and share with us your stories of the Solstice holidays. All are welcome.